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In honor of the late John J. Mackiewicz, Philadelphia’s Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris has established a scholarship for aspiring intellectual property lawyers at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Mackiewicz, a Villanova, Pa., resident whose career at the firm spanned 35 years, died in February at age 65 of complications from a heart transplant he received late last year. The firm has donated $50,000, to be spread out over five years, to provide a scholarship to a student selected by the school for excellence in intellectual property law. “It’s our way of remembering John,” said Woodcock Washburn partner Dale Heist. “He was a dynamic fellow, a great patent lawyer and my mentor.” Though Mackiewicz received his J.D. from George Washington University, he chose Temple when he decided to pursue his LL.M. in trial advocacy in 1996. “He was unusual to be in our LL.M. program because of his age and practice area,” said Debra Feldman, assistant dean for development at Temple Law. “But he energized the class and was a very important part of the program.” Matt Konchel, director of alumni affairs and development at Temple Law, said the school was also a logical choice for the scholarship honoring Mackiewicz because many of Woodcock Washburn’s partners are Temple Law graduates. Feldman said the firm had been a supporter of Temple’s IP program for the past five years. Helping spur the process along was Woodcock Washburn partner Steven Rocci, who is a Temple adjunct professor of patent law. Feldman said that the number of scholarships at Temple Law had increased in the past 10 years under dean Robert Reinstein’s term. She added that James Beasley’s contribution in 1999, which prompted the school to adopt his name, had positively affected the range of scholarships now available to students. “Both the quantity and quality of scholarships has made a huge difference,” Feldman said, though she declined to discuss dollar amounts. The John J. Mackiewicz Memorial Scholarship in Intellectual Property is expected to grow in time with outside contributions from colleagues and friends of Mackiewicz, perhaps even to change format to a moot court competition or writing contest as it evolves. During his career at Woodcock Washburn, Mackiewicz was lead counsel in numerous cases pertaining to patents, trade secrets and licensing. Mackiewicz was an engineer and patent attorney with General Electric before he joined Woodcock Washburn. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1957 from Yale University before completing his law degree at George Washington University in 1961. He was president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association from 1991 to 1992 and was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction noteworthy for someone with specialties in his field. “He was a real force in the firm and in the profession,” said Woodcock Washburn partner Dianne Elderkin. “His ability to combine technical skills and courtroom skills made him a unique character in many ways.”

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